Construction has begun on Scenic Eclipse II, Scenic Group’s second discovery yacht, at the Rijeka shipyard in Croatia.
The steel-cutting of Scenic Eclipse II marks the first build of five new custom-built vessels, built by MKM Yachts, planned for the next six years across the group.
The brand-new 228-guest (200 in Polar regions) Scenic Eclipse II will feature two six-guest helicopters, one six-guest submarine, 10 dining options, indoor and outdoor plunge pools and a 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio.
Scenic Eclipse II will be the sister ship to Scenic Eclipse, launched in 2019.
Scenic Group owner and chairman, Glen Moroney, commented:
“This heralds an exciting moment for The Scenic Group as we continue to develop our luxury ocean products under both Scenic and Emerald Cruises brands.
“The entire team is excited to see the project underway and look forward to welcoming guests onboard this magnificent discovery yacht.”
MKM Yachts confirmed an agreement with the Croatian Government to commence shipbuilding operations in a dedicated separate section of the existing Maj 3 Shipyard in Rijeka.
Moroney continued: “This outcome has been the result of a massive effort by our entire Croatian team, and in particular, our new managing director of MKM Yachts, Sasa Čokljat.
“The Croatian Government has committed to supporting the redevelopment of the shipyard and assist in the funding of our new building program, which will comprise five custom-built vessels over the next six years.
“All vessels will be of the highest 6-star standard with the ability to navigate the polar regions.”
MKM Yachts will take over a portion of Rijeka’s shipyard and use existing infrastructure and knowledge of Croatian shipbuilders, working in collaboration with Scenic’s expert team.
Sailings across the Scenic Group brands (including Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises) are currently suspended up to 30 June 2020.
Visit scenic.co.uk for more information.